The Sony SRS-XG500 is bringing back the visions of boombox stereo systems from the 80s and the 90s. The sound, as you’d expect after this specifications lowdown, can fill even the largest of indoor spaces. It is loud, it is powerful, and you get a fair response of bass from the outset. Mind you, if this slightly toned-down lower frequency punch surprises you from a speaker that has a personality that indicates something else, wait till you press the Mega Bass button the speaker.
- The SRS-XG500 is a party speaker with a very stylish by remarkably Sony-like design. This is not the sort of party speaker that needs a trolly to carry around, but is still large and heavy.
- The Sony SRS-XG500 portable wireless speaker weighs as much as 5.6kg.
- This is water and dust proof with the IP66 rating.
- There’s a rubberized finish on the controls as well as the lid that protects the ports at the back from the environment.
- The rest of the build is very high-quality plastic, which feels good to touch.
- Integrated at the base at two large rubber feet, which not only do a good job of keeping it stable when the bass gets dialed up, but also give it a slight elevation off the surface it is kept on.
- Upfront you have the basic buttons or power, Bluetooth pairing, volume controls, and song play/pause.
- At the back, there is a rubber flap covering the power port and two USB ports — which can be used for charging other devices too — as well as a connector for plugging in a guitar and controlling its volume.
- You can also connect the SRS-XG500 with other speakers using Party Connect, a feature Sony has had for a while. Have to say the guitar connect is a nice touch and a feature that right way takes this speaker a rung above the rest.
- You don’t need to be tied to a power source to enjoy the Sony SRS-XG500, as it can be charged to last about 30 hours at full volume.
- Sony has tweaked the design of the speaker diaphragm to make it wider, the idea being to allow for more sound pressure by pushing more air out—each of these is now 11cm in size.
- There are two of these, flanked by tweeters, again front facing and each 2.5cm. These are made with Neodymium magnets. There is also a large battery pack which gives you the ability to run this for up to 30 hours without having to plug in the power source.
The thing with the Sony SRS-XG500 portable wireless speaker is that for all the power and the youthfulness that it brings to the table, there is a sense that the demographic which would actually go for this is quite limited. It may not be to everyone’s taste and distinctly feels uncomfortable in a room where a Sony SRS-RA3000 would sit very easily.